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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Frequently Asked Questions About PMDD


Updated October 03, 2011

Do you experience emotional symptoms like depression, moodiness, anxiety and irritability prior to your period? Are these symptoms severe enough to interfere with your day-to-day functioning? You may have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Get answers here to some of your most frequently asked questions about PMDD.

1. What Is PMDD?

PMS is often the brunt of jokes. But, it, and its more serious form, PMDD, are no laughing matter. The symptoms of PMDD may be severe enough to interfere with your daily life.

2. What Are the Symptoms of PMDD?

PMDD includes a range of symptoms, both physical and emotional. Do you experience any of these symptoms prior to your period?

3. What Is the Difference Between PMS and PMDD?

These two conditions may share the same symptoms, but they are not the same. There are some important differences that you should know about.

4. How Is PMDD Diagnosed?

The diagnosis of PMDD begins with the information that you provide to your doctor. If you are planning to see a doctor about your premenstrual moodiness, collecting information about your symptoms with our PMDD Symptoms Tracking Chart will help your doctor make his diagnosis.

5. How Is PMDD Treated?

You don't have to suffer in silence with your PMDD symptoms. Effective treatment is available.

6. What Causes PMDD?

The causes of PMDD are not well understood. However, the interplay of multiple factors may be to blame.

7. How Common Is PMDD?

How common are premenstrual mood disorders? Are you at risk for developing PMDD?
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